"Lying just for the fun of it is either art or pathology."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Mason Cooley on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Mason Cooley on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Mason Cooley on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Mason Cooley on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Mason Cooley on Oscar Wilde
"The wisdom of age: don't stop walking."
"Old age: I fall asleep during the funerals of my friends."
"Staid middle age loves the hurricane passions of opera."
"Middle age went by while I was mourning for my lost youth."
"The lonely become either thoughtful or empty."